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Phuket: Saving turtles through an evening of fun

PHUKET: The Pure Blue Foundation will present a charitable evening of ‘Chocolate Decadence’ at the Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort on December 1.

Friday 16 November 2012, 03:46PM

The event will help raise money for Anchalika Kijkanakorn’s (above) Pure Blue Foundation.

The event will help raise money for Anchalika Kijkanakorn’s (above) Pure Blue Foundation.

The event, which will be held at a ‘secret location’ close to the resort, is Aleenta’s annual fund-raising event, where endangered leatherback turtles that have been nursed back to health at the nearby Turtles Sanctuary are released back into the sea.

Yann Gouriou, the general manager of Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort said that this year the event will be even bigger and more glamorous than before.

“I’ve enlisted the godmother of MC’s Able Wanamakok who will be the maitre d’, presenter and also the TV interviewer,” Mr Gouriou said.

Able explained, “I’ll be interviewing the guests on the night, which will go to make a video, which will then be uploaded onto Youtube. It’s all about bringing some more glamour and glitz to the event.”

She added that most importantly it’s about getting the ‘message of the plight of turtles in the region’ out there.

Ever since the resort first opened in 2006, it has ‘wanted to be part of the solution rather than the problem’ says Mr Gouriou.

“Aleenta supports the Turtle Sanctuary financially on a monthly basis and we routinely release turtles every few months.”

He says that the sanctuary is busy all year round but that there had been extra activity recently.

“We’ve found four turtles this summer, many of which were caught in fishing nets. What the Turtle Sanctuary does is take care of the turtles and nurse them back to health before releasing them. 

“We also have a lot of turtles that are born in the sanctuary and we raise them to when they are about 10-12 months old and then release them,” Mr Gouriou said.

The event is first and foremost to raise money for the charity (they are aiming for B400,000 this year), raise awareness and also put on a wonderful night.

Much of the services and products have been donated, including the food and drink. There will also be a silent auction, where Aleenta will auction hotel vouchers, one week stays in Austria, suites in Bali and the grand prize of a five day stay at any one of 400 luxury hotels in the world.

Music will be provided by French DJ ‘Tiki’, from Paris, specially flown in for the occasion, there will be a swimwear fashion show by Katalina Collection, body painting by Vinni and of course chocolate-inspired dishes with live food stations.

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